Entreprogrammers Podcast

Entreprogrammers is the podcast for developers that are striking out on their own! Join John Sonmez, Josh Earl and Derick Bailey and be a fly on the wall as they talk about everything that they are going through - the ups and downs, the highlights and depressing lows. Nothing is spared in this no-holds-barred look at what it really takes for 3 developers to engage in entrepreneurial activities!
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Oct 27, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 88

“Now I Got A Leaf Blower…”


And we’re live!

John comes to us live from downtown Tampa, at an Elliot Holst’s seminar. John talks about the exciting correlations between his career and Elliot’s career.


Derick mentions he purchased and Subaru Outback. After a trade-in 1200 bucks. No car payments, Awesome!


Derick shares some feedback on his Watch Me Code stuff. Derrick has 420 active subscribers. Derick is working on growing the subscribers. Josh suggest that Derick, that he should do webinars. 


Derick is now sending 4 emails a week, and curating content.


John is working with the Perfect Audience program and is very excited about the features he has setup. John is holding a design contest for the How to Market Yourself material. 


Johns is thinking about retargeting his audience to Facebook, like mentioned in the Perry Marshall book.  John is thinking about using Perfect Audience for Facebook. 


John mentions that his wife bought tickets for him to see Tony Robins. Josh ask if John will be doing a fire-walk. John talks about the pricing to see Tony Robins. Chuck mentions the break throughs people experience  might be worth the price tag.


John’s youtube channel has reached 10k subscribers. John mentions that 10k subscribers equals 200 dollars on youtube, just think what the million subscribers means in sponsorship revenue.  John is still working on the 80% fat diet. John may switch to the Ultimate Diet 2.0.  John mentions Lyle McDonald and his diet expertise. And Is that a spider behind John?


Chuck talked to a Code Group Bootcamp in South Africa over Skype. Chuck made an appearance on Cloud Radio podcast, and Read The Source podcast.


Josh talks about possibly teaching newbies or giving an introduction to coding in its simplest form. Derick mentions an article about students handwriting code on paper, without a computer. 


Josh talks about teaching patterns to those new to code. Derick talks about board games to help teach code to newbies.  Then EntreProgrammers discuss the stylistic ways of teaching and learning code. 


Chuck talks about listening to The Eventual Millionaire Podcast. Chuck shares the process of (30X), which is teaching someone 30 times to do what you do. This process should save time in the future of efficiency and production.


Josh is trying to come up with a process to post to all his social media tools. Josh may need to hire a VA to take care of this process. Josh asks about Book Keepers. Chuck talks about how he does his own books. 


Derick describes his book keeping tactics. 

Thoughts for the week

Josh - Being Ok with how work is going, rather you feel it or not.

Chuck -  Make sure you are doing the most important thing, now!

Derick - Appreciate what you have…

The EntreProgrammers anticipate news from MircoConf. and Rob Walling. 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Perfect Audience

Ultimate Diet 2.0

Perry Marshall

Oct 20, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 87

"No Glare Coating..."


Alright we’re live! Josh has some hope for Johns will to improve his vision. John shows his collection of eye glasses. John admits the eye experiment is a pain.


Chuck makes a good point about John’s experiment and positive mindset are aiding his success. Chuck mentions Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. Also some talk about Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins. Chuck shares learning about where you are putting your money. 


EntreProgrammers talk about headphones and audio quality.  


John shares his thoughts on the Richest Man in Babylon story. 


Chuck is talking about using a standup desk, and having experienced some energy improvements.  Chuck explains the stand up desk health benefits. 


Chuck is restarting a morning routine, thanks to Hal Elrod’s book Miracle Morning. 


John feels like he is doing the opposite of Chuck routine. John talks about turning the routine into a habit over time.


Chuck has a schedule for his Remote Conferences that he is hosting every month. 

The Conferences are on these following topics:

Java Script -  January 

Freelancing -  February

Ruby - March,

iOS - April

Podcasting - May 

Get in June, Newbie - July 

Robots -  August, 

Angular - September       

Rails - October 

Dev-Ops - November

No Sequel - December  


Chuck talks about the specific details for the Newbie Conference. Josh is interested in the idea, because this resource did not exist when he was learning to code.  


Josh talks about funnels and emails for these remote conferences. Chuck is going to talk about podcasting at a conference in Salt Lake City. Chuck asks what he could possibly do to gain interest with small business owners. John suggest collecting emails. 


Josh has been tracking his writing through out the week. Josh is working on doing a thousand words per day.  John mentions enjoying Josh’s emails. Josh shares information and gaining a  new client. 


Josh talks about how he is enjoying the Discovery process to on board new clients. 


Johns talks about the effects of 0 Carbs diet. Josh stops the Steak and Eggs diet, because he was getting snappy toward people.


John mentions the features of Josh mentions the Sales Force, and the issues with CRMs. Chuck shares his complains with the CRMs he was using. 


John suggests going to Upwork or Clarity.FM and hire a professional, or book time to learn how to use Sales Force. 


John talks about how well the sales page and copy was written by Josh. 


Chuck talks about the email system he uses to coordinate is panel podcasts. John talks about the mail merge features and customizable features that help you get things done.


John is exploring the things he is excited about. John is working on getting conversion rates up. John has put out jobs on Fiverr and Upwork for his workbook project.  


John has been working with Perfect Audience and learning to use the system of retargeting. Josh ask if Perfect Audience was similar to Custom Audiences on Facebook? John talks the tracking and pixels in the emails. 


Josh is not to keen on the traffic he is attracting. Josh talks about the power of Facebook tracking or marketing strategies. Josh suggest to John and Chuck to learn to market on Facebook. 


John talks about finding sponsors and creating a media kit for the sponsorship levels. 


John mention that he is typing 55 words per minute, with correct technique. John talks about updating the EntreProgrammers Website, or changing servers. Should be running faster

Thoughts for the Week

John - Sometimes your have to slow the EFF down

Josh -  Balance Creativity and Consumption

Chuck - How you start your day matters

Resource Mentioned in this Episode 



Money Master the Game

Miracle Morning’s+book+Miracle+Morning.

Oct 14, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 86

 "Steak, Eggs, and Butter"


We’re Live!   

EntreProgrammers talk about using earbuds while driving and breaking the law. Using bluetooth headphones, and some  of the issues that arise while doing errands. 


Chucks talks about the bluetooth cassette. Here is some talk about the good ole Radio Shack. Derick talks about only using Radio Shack for Arduino parts. 


John is not sure his vision is improving, he is still experimenting with other type of reading glasses.  He mentions if there is no progress in a month he may ditch the experiment. 


John experiments with his diet and vision are a ticking time bomb, says Derick.


The EntreProgrammers talk about the Dvorak keyboard. Also, a show and tell of their keyboard preferences.  


Derick mentioned the Jeff Atwood keyboard and blog. Also some talk about the Page-up function. Function+Up Down Arrows.


John mentions the Surface book. He would have bought a Surface Book a year ago if it was out then. 


Derick mentions that El Captain OSX is finally catching up to some of the function of Microsoft.


Derick sent of his first email pitch for his Watch Me Code series. And the best of campaign, with a 32% open rate.  Derick shares his ideas with the marketing strategy with the Watch Me Code subscription. 


John thinks that this strategy is going to work for Derick and have some great conversion rates. John talks about the aggressive pitching and how the may or may not help.


The EntreProgrammers talks about the settings on Drip, and how to to read the tracking and open rates on the emails. The EntreProgrammers discuss the lead scores and which to pitch too. They mention that they may eventually get an email from Rob Walling. 


John suggest pitching to a larger group instead of a smaller group, even if there may be some unsubscribes. 


Derick mentions what he is going to do with his email pitch, based on the conversation with the mastermind.  John mentions a 2 week email sequence before the primary email list, then the pitch. John talks about the bulk import, and things to watch out for when implementing this action. 


Derick decides he is going to do this campaign in the next few weeks. 


Chuck did a Periscope everyday last week. He mentions the great feedback he has been getting with this strategy. 


Chuck'sDev Chat TV manual has turn into a book, this is has gone from a dev chat tv manual to a book about podcasting. John mentions that Chuck needs to hire someone from Upwork who knows Adobe InDesign to create the book design for Chuck.


John mentions to sell on multiple platforms. In order to maximize on it. Josh suggest focusing on writing to book first. 


Chuck mentions reading “The Alchemist” by Pualo Coelho


John thinks that to many platforms may be dicey. John talks about the define lines between the many different things Chuck is doing as far as Podcast course, developing, and how to run a business.  Josh talks about how to blog about each, rather it is personal or business. 


Derick talks about how he found a sweet spot in his work life and family life. He said that he does not feel like he needs to work more then he has too. Also, he had a realization that he has reached a career goal that he had dreamed of since high school.


John mentions that he is glad for Derick, and feels that it is worth it to work and go at life at a comfortable pace. John mentions the Attitude of Gratitude and living the dream.  


John shares his crazy week of 80% fat diet. He feels more energy everyday. John goes to McDonalds to hits his Daily Marcos.


John does a big sale and talks about the bulk email screw up, and having to do manual fixes in the emails. And after some struggles, John was able to bring in 10k. John shares some information on a blogging course. 


John has just signup for Perfect Marketing to help with the retargeting of traffic and optimization. 


John talks about DPD and having to create a new store, for the 5 dollar book. Also some talks about Gumroad and Vat Tax. 


Josh is trying a steak and eggs diet, with shots of heavy cream.   Josh mentions he is getting sick from the butter on the eggs. 


Josh is try to step up his writing to create engaging people. Josh is doing new pitches for Copy critique and Discover process package He is creating a new contact form to categorize the level of the project. Serious people only!


Josh talks about the leverage of a guess post. Josh mentions that he has to be careful who he does a guess post with. 

Thoughts of the Week

John - You’ll hate your hobby, if you are starting to get paid for it. 

Josh - Relearn how important goals are to you. 

Chuck - If you are communicating with someone, then your have the opportunity to make a difference.       

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Jeff Atwood

Surface Book

“The Alchemist” by Pualo Coelho

Perfect Marketing

Oct 6, 2015

EntreProgrammers Episode 85

Interesting, If Not Beneficial


Alright we’re live! John is already working on improving is vision. John says it is to soon to tell if his experiment is working. John’s mentions that his wife is doing the eye exercises as well. She may be on to something, as her last vision test was a small improvement. 


John is doing the 48 hour fasting experiment. He mentioned he is suffering some mental challenges by not eating enough. John is now experimenting with a 85% fat diet. John says its is similar to to Paleo diet. Johns explains how the Ketosis diet works.


Derick subscribers are still growing since he announced his birthday sales. He thinks the primary difference is that he is talking about Watch Me Code to his email list. Derick talks about all the different series that are available on the new series page. This page should work well on any device your using from tablets to desktop. 


Derick mentions that he is sending more email then he ever has. Derick talks about the new email sequence he is implementing. John is interested in the strategy Derick is trying out. John thinks this will filter out those who are not so interested. Derick may have to deal with un-subscribers with all these email going out. 


Derick talks about a double opt-in for his email strategy, and shares how his strategy is slightly different from Ben Settle’s . 


Derick thinks his new strategy will drive new traffic to his page. John is curious to see what will happen with Derick's new email strategy. Derick is excited that these are subscribers who are not using coupons and discount codes. 


Derick mentions doing a podcast interview with Matt Krammer. MK 015 “Using Email List for Traction.” Derick also mentions that there are no traces of SignalLeaf anymore, it is completely dead!


John asks why he couldn’t make his iPhone into to a webcam or at least connected to his computer over wifi or usb? Is there an app for this feature?


Josh mentions that Derick’s email strategy may lead to an influx of sales, then a drop off.  Derick mentions that he is two weeks ahead or his work. Derick thinks that his productive is due to killing SignalLeaf, and his son’s health is stabilizing. 


Chuck hosted the Angular Remote Conf. last week. Chuck mentions that everything went well and got a ton of great feedback. People have asked Chuck to do a monthly Remote Conference. John thinks a yearly pass that allows you to pick from four out of six for the year is a good idea. Chuck is still playing with the idea, but thinking about doing six remote conferences. 


John thinks that Chuck may have found his synergy with podcasting and remote conference. 


Chuck is talking about creating apps for the new “AppleTV” type systems. This will mean approaching media companies who want to be on this new platform. Welcome to “TV Chuck.” Josh ask Chuck if he has read “Million Dollar Consulting,” a great suggestion for this type of venture. 


Josh talks about how he was approach by a certain prospect. Josh was reluctant to take on this client. Josh talks about the process and changes he is implementing with the new client he is taking on. 


Josh gets a new iPhone 6s, and talks about the 3D touch feature. The EntreProgrammers talk about the cell phone companies systems and upgrades. Derick talks about how his service is grandfathered in on the unlimited data for 35 dollars. 


John mentions the the Google cell phone service. Hmm, that may make Android profitable finally, Derick says. 


Josh drops a few quotes from Hacker News. Josh shares some feedback about Infusion Soft consultants. Josh was not received well by the letters he mailed out. However, he has the consultants talking about the handwritten letters. Josh talks about the plan B, if this strategy does not work. 


Chuck asks Josh how to go about posting a news letters on LinkedIn. Josh talks about the importance of the subject line and how to create a engaging title. 


Josh maybe taking over certain sections on Simple Programmer. John shares his future plans with Simple Programmer.    


John talks about how he redesigned the podcast page, products pages and resources page on Simple programmer. 


John is having issuing from Reddit. Derick blocked Reddit and redirected the traffic to Google. 


The EntreProgrammers discuss the difference between the Pop-up and the Welcome Mat. 

 Thoughts for the Week

Chuck - Keep the positive mindset.

Josh - Spend the time to re-enforce the value

Derick -  Your mailing list is your life blood. 

John -  Don’t keep doing something, just because you were doing it before… 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Ben Settle

Matt Krammer Podcact with Derick Bailey

“Million Dollar Consulting” by Alan Weiss